North House Folk School
orth House Folk School is a small educational non-profit on the shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minnesota. They foster a non-competitive learning environment devoted to teaching traditional northern craft. Offering over 350 courses year round in everything from timber framing to woodworking to boatbuilding to fibers.
What is a Folk School
Folk schools emphasize learning for the sake of learning. There are no exams, no credits, and no term papers. As much as our courses teach a particular skill (timberframing, basketmaking), they also encourage lifelong learning. This type of learning environment is inspired by Scandinavian folkehøjskolers (folk high schools).
Mission of North House Folk School
Our mission is to enrich lives and build community by teaching traditional northern crafts in a student-centered learning environment that inspires the hands, the heart and the mind.
Experience North House Folk School First-Hand
North House Folk School brings instructors from around the world to teach traditional northern crafts on the shore of Lake Superior. The best way to learn more about their mission is to experience it first-hand—take a course, attend an event, or visit the campus to see craft in action. North House Folk School is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit, and depends on the generous support of donors at many levels.
North Shore Minnesota Arts and Culture Travel Guide
Within walking distance or a short hop in your car from the Superior Inn, you will a variety of Grand Marais Shops and Art Galleries to explore. Best Western Plus Superior Inn is located in the North Shore harbor village of Grand Marais on the shore of majestic Lake Superior. Learn about the nearby Grand Marais Art Galleries in our Grand Marais travel guide, and find some time to learn about the people and events who settled the area.
Known as the oldest art colony in Minnesota, Grand Marais has a rich history that draws artisans of all genres to this picturesque place for inspiration. The Arrowhead Center for The Arts celebrates and promotes the arts, artists, and culture of Minnesota’s North Shore and Arrowhead regions. No trip to Grand Marais would be complete without a trip to North House Folk School. Visitors to the school can take a course, enjoy a public program, shop in their store or even set sail on Lake Superior aboard Hjørdis—a 50' traditionally rigged schooner. More information about events throughout Grand Marais can be found on the Superior Inn Local Guide Event Calendar.View Grand Marais Arts and Culture Guide.